Pills That Monitor If You Took Them

Compliance with taking medications is a huge problem in medicine. Studies show more than half of all prescriptions are either not filled or not taken. Everyone is familiar with how easy it is to forget to take medications. This problem becomes overwhelming in complex diseases such as cancer or HIV where patients are on rigorous […]

Top 6 Most Dangerous Medication Abbreviations Now Banned in Hospitals

Medication errors in the hospital are a major cause of preventable suffering and death. I wanted to share with you the top 6 handwriting errors of doctors in the hospital that have been banned in to prevent these errors. First some background:  You may recall the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) study that found medication […]

How Smartdust, Souveillance, Web 3.0, and Personalized Genetics Will Transform the Future of Medical Diagnostics

There has been a flurry of debate in the military, industrial, and privacy sectors on “smartdust” and the concept of “souveillance” – but no one has yet realized this technology is poised to springboard into medicine and transform medical diagnostics.  Here I wanted to give you an overview of what this idea is and why […]

DITM 2 New Podcast Projects Close to Launch!

New Podcast Projects:  The past two weeks have been a wild ride of fun and excitement!  I have two podcast projects undergoing the final edits prior to launcing.  The first is the docinthemachine podcast focusing on the new technology and medical breakthroughts of this blog.  The second, is a major new medical education project – […]

FDA Warns About All Natural Products- With All Natural Arsenic

Everyone is jumping on the natural product and herbal bandwagon.  What many don’t know is that all-natural is often far from all-safe.  Almost all of these producs remain highly unregulated and untested in their claims (therefore the need for the blanket disclaimers that the products are not intended to diagnose of treat any condition).  One […]

Big Med-Industry Courts Med-Bloggers

Beppe in NYC Now I have seen it all.  Old school med-industy came to NYC a-courtin’ new school med-bloggers last night.  I was invited to a dinner at Beppe a well ranked (not bad in Zagat – menu here) Italian restaurant near Grammercy Park by the Corporate Communication Folks at Johnson & Johnson. The big […]

New Drugs Enhance Performance, Eliminate Need to Sleep

this stuff makes crank look like candy Gizmag reports on the further evolution of no-sleep performance enhancing drugs. The original version of these substances was the “time-shifting” drug, Modafinil that enables you to stay awake for 40+ hours with close to full mental capacity and with few side effects. (produced by Cephalon as PROVIGIL®, MODIODAL® in France and […]

FDA to Increase Drug Surveillance & Public Information in New Programs

FDA reform continues in new programs to track drug safety and share data with the public. The FDA has a three part mission but has been criticized in focusing on only one of these.  The missions of the FDA are: 1) To promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach […]